REVIEW OF THE YEAR: JUNE Kipper Central Views: Nuttall’s Time Has Passed – Radicalism is the Future!

Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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2 Responses

  1. Stanley Cutts says:

    I felt a sense of irony reading this review. A comparison of the performance of Henry Bolton with that of Paul Nuttall when he was party leader seems to leap out of the text. There are so many similarities, but at least Paul was an honest guy with a “what you see is what you get” appeal.

  2. Graham says:

    Paul deserves better. He never wanted to be leader, and did it only out of a sense of duty to rescue the party (although on the other hand he should take the blame for, along with Farage and Crowther, choosing to leave at the wrong time post-referendum). He was plunged into the Stoke by-election by donors who wanted the leader to run to give them the best chance of a return on their money, but putting his entire leadership in jeopardy. The combination of these events must have made him feel like nothing was in his control, then along came a general election. I believe the result has been misinterpreted because UKIP never had 4 million core voters anyway, they lent their votes to us to get the referendum but went back to their homes once it was won. UKIPs GE17 result was not too far off the BNP in its prime, reduced to a core group of nationalists, and without any policies (right now we literally have none as the GE17 manifesto has been ‘un-approved’) and no time to communicate them, and with many branches collapsed, the ability to field candidates in the most candidate-intensive of all elections (e.g. in our branch we need to find 65 people to stand, currently have 1) will be non-existent. I don’t see any green shoots.

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